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Two canoeists had a narrow escape during a vicious storm that blew through Manitoba on Sunday.

A 23-year-old woman was struck by lightning while a 15-year-old girl holding onto a canoe received an electric shock as they were pulling the canoe to shore during the storm, RCMP said.

The two were part of a group of seven women and girls on the Bloodvein River near Namay Falls, about 260 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

They group sent out an SOS signal just before 7 p.m. and RCMP were able to locate them using GPS coordinates and through contact established via satellite phone.

A helicopter and RCMP officers located the group waving frantically from the ground. By luck, there was enough of a clearing to land safely and get close to the group, RCMP said.

The 23-year-old woman was airlifted to the Bloodvein Nursing Station and then sent to Winnipeg for further medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The 15-year-old refused treatment, claimed she was not injured and remained with the group to carry on with the trip.